In lieu of Philosopher Fridays this week, I offer you Josh Eyler’s presentation from Kalamazoo on what just happens to be my favorite piece of punctuation. It’s not the semi-colon or the dash (thought I love those too), but the ever popular, oft-debated, and absolutely essential mid-sentance workhorse – the comma.
And in case you were wondering, the Oxford Comma is non-negotiable.
In my last post, I wrote about the BABEL punctuation session at the 2014 International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI, and, in particular, the meaningful presentation by Josh Eyler on the comma. Now we have a surprise – he has been generous enough to post the full text of his presentation here on MassMedieval! We are very grateful for this opportunity and thank Josh for his willingness to share his work with us – and you.
After receiving his Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2006, Josh Eyler moved to a position as Assistant Professor in the English department at Columbus State University in Georgia. Although he was approved for tenure at CSU, his love for teaching and his desire to work with instructors from many different disciplines led him to the field of faculty development and to George Mason University, where he served as an Associate Director of the…
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